The Sociology Department at Loyola Marymount University is pleased to welcome Sylvia Zamora as a new assistant professor, beginning Fall 2016. Her research interests include the sociology of immigration, comparative race and ethnicity, U.S. Latinos, Latin American societies, and African American and Latino relations. She joins LMU from the University of Chicago, where she is currently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in Sociology.
Zamora received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Smith College. Her research is guided by questions concerning how Latino immigration is changing social, political and racial dynamics in American society, and the ongoing manifestations of African American and Latino relations in the context of major demographic shifts. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on a comparative, multi-site project that examines how Mexicans understand race and inequality in their country of origin, how these views change upon migration to the U.S., and the consequences of this for race relations and immigrant incorporation to U.S. society. Her published work on African American and Latino coalition building appears in Latino Studies and the edited volume Just Neighbors?: Research on African American and Latino Relations in the United States. Her work has been recognized with awards by the American Sociological Association sections on International Migration and Racial and Ethnic Minorities and has been funded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Social Science Research Council Mellon Mays Foundation, John Randolph Haynes Foundation, UC Center for New Racial Studies, UC Institute for Mexico and the U.S., UCLA’s Institute for American Cultures, Chicana/o Studies Research Center, and Latin American Institute.